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Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 17, 2013

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Porsche Design and BlackBerry have announced the new, all-touch Porsche Design P'9982 Smartphone from BlackBerry and a second Crocodile model strictly limited to just 500 devices worldwide. Uniquely designed and expertly crafted, the P'9982 is exquisitely fashioned from high-quality materials and features a customized version of the BlackBerry 10.2 Operating System.  Read Original Content

CDFA’s ongoing commitment to outreach through technology has led to the development of three new applications for smartphones. The first is a guide to local farmers’ markets. The new application was developed in collaboration with the State Department of Technology and works on both Android and iPhones.  Read Original Content

According to Portio Research, consumers in Africa and the Middle East represented 14 percent of mobile app users in 2012 – 168 million people. Portio Research forecasts the number of app users will grow by almost 30 percent each year. By 2017 Africa's app users could number over half a billion people.  Read Original Content

Magic Software Enterprises, with a presence in more than 50 countries, provides development, deployment, and integration of core business applications, supporting scalable deployment on multiple channels, including on-premise, Web (HTML5), rich Internet, mobile, and SaaS. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Magic Software Enterprises.

Smartphone penetration in urban areas of Peru have risen three percentage points from 14 percent to 17 percent in one year, a recent study shows.  Meanwhile, mobile penetration rose from 75 percent to 76 percent in the same period, according to the latest market study by Ipsos Peru.  Read Original Content

The Cell Police mobile application and software was featured on NewsWatch as part of its popular segment, AppWatch, that takes a look at the latest and coolest mobile applications and services on the iOS and Android market. Cell Police has two products reviewed on NewsWatch, the Vacation Protector and the Family Protector. Each allows users to see on a satellite map where their family members are in real time.  Read Original Content
While Samsung beats Apple in terms of worldwide market share, the iPhone 5 is talked about a lot more than the Galaxy S4, according to a new study from eBay deals. Samsung takes out the top spot in the global smartphone market with a market share of 31.7 percent, compared to Apple in second place with 14.2 percent. However, in terms of social buzz, Apple blows Samsung out of the water.  Read Original Content

According to an announcement shared with MMW, SteadyServ Technologies hopes to disrupt the beverage industry with a little something called iKeg, the “first mobile beer inventory management system.”  SteadyServ Technologies says the iKeg system is a mobile, SaaS-based inventory management solution for the beer industry.  Read Original Content

A recent study conducted by Fiberlink reveals employers are actually more inclined to let employee-owned mobile phones access cloud-doc backup and a host of other online media storage and streaming platforms.  Read Original Content

The Federal Communications Commission has released a smartphone app that lets users measure the speed of their mobile broadband connection.  In the process PCWorld reports the app also provides aggregate data to the agency for measuring nationwide mobile broadband network performance.  Read Original Content

Mformation® Software Technologies LLC, a provider of solutions for managing wirelessly connected devices, has announced the availability of its next-generation, cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution - Enterprise Mobility Manager.  Read Original Content

Last month ABI Research forecast there will be 35.1 million shipments of cars with in-car entertainment systems equipped with one or more smartphone integration technologies by 2018, with nearly 50 percent based on Apple's iOS and close to 45 percent using MirrorLink, the device interoperability standard created by the Car Connectivity Consortium. Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics said it has shipped 800,000 Galaxy Gear smart watches in two months since its debut despite middling reviews of the gadget. "It's the most sold wearable watch available in the market place. . . and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear," Samsung said in a statement, according to Reuters.  Read Original Content

Nokia’s shareholders have done what everyone expected them to do, approving the sale of the Finnish company’s devices and services business to Microsoft.  Read Original Content

According to Kantar Worldpanel, Windows Phone increased its smartphone platform market share by six percentage points. The six percentage points helped elevated Windows Phone's as the third most-utilized smartphone operating system during the three months ending in September 2013.  Read Original Content

According to Frost and Sullivan, mobile advertising in Australia is growing at nearly 40 percent a year. The market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 39 percent from 2013 to 2018, with expenditure reaching $682 million in 2018.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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